Thursday, January 22, 2015

First Test with the Jinghao X-150 Fountain Pen

Life just has a little bit more meaning when you have new pen, doesn't it?

Okay, well, maybe not really.  But new pens, new art supplies, they do make scribbling and lot more fun!

I ordered the Jinghao X-150 pen for myself (and a few extras to give as gifts) just before Christmas.  I paid about $5 each for four of these pens on ebay and they arrived yesterday from China.  I didn't have a chance to ink one up until today.

I loaded this one with Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng ink (which you can buy at Goulet Pens).  I love this ink.  Unlike the Noodler's Bulletproof black, which I find to be waterproof sometimes and sometimes not, this purply blue ink has always been completely waterproof for me.

The Jinghao nib flows quickly but didn't feel too juicy to me.  It has a nice bit of flex to it.  You can see some of the line variations in this quick (less than two minutes) sketch.

I copied this quickly from the design on a soapbox I have and use to store pen supplies.  I colored it with Derwent Inktense pencils because they were close at hand.  Mostly I just wanted to see how the pen worked and to remind myself of the water resistance of the Kung Te-Cheng ink.

I have a second x-150 which I will fit with a fine point nib from Goulet pens.  I got the idea online from several people who say that combining the inexpensive but wonderful Jinghao pen with a higher quality nib produces an exceptional pen for around $20, so I thought I'd give it a whirl and see what happens.

 I haven't done that yet and will let you know what I find out when I do! 

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